Hey everyone! It seems like everything on the Internet these days has to do with Christmas, including this week’s Top Ten Tuesday topic, hosted by The Broke and the Bookish. I do not celebrate Christmas, so I guess this is more of a
Books I Wouldn’t Mind People Bringing Me
- Maus, Art Spiegelman – this is one of the books I’m planning to read for the ERC challenges. Unfortunately, I highly doubt I’m going to aquire this in any way other than ordering it from Amazon and waiting for someone to bring it to me, or pay the crazy shipping rates. So yes, Santa would be nice. No international shipping fees, thank you very much.
- Humans of New York, Brandon Stanton – I really want to get this for my birthday. The photographs are beautiful, but it’s the captions that made me fall in love with the man and the concept. And the book looks amazing.
- The Letter Q: Queer Writers’ Notes to their Younger Selves – seems like an interesting choice for ERC 2013 LGBT category. I want to get into reading more non-fiction.
- The Zombie Survival Guide, Max Brooks – a book I wanna hold in my hands, not read on a Kindle.
- Flash Fiction: 72 Very Short Stories
- Not Quite What I Was Planning: Six-Word Memoirs from Writers Famous & Obscure
- I Can’t Keep My Own Secrets–Six-Word Memoirs by Teens Famous & Obscure
- Tweeting the Universe: Tiny Explanations of Very Big Ideas
- Waiting to Be Heard: A Memoir, Amanda Knox
- The Woman Who Can’t Forget: The Extraordinary Story of Living with the Most Remarkable Memory Known to Science – A Memoir, Jill Price
Wow, seems like I really do have a bunch of non-fiction books here, compared to my usual fiction to non-fiction reading ratio. I got into memoirs because of the ERC challenges, and then read maybe two or three last year and am planning to cover at least four or five this coming year. A bunch of these aren’t exactly “reading books,” such as Six-Word works, but they’re books I’d like to have available on my shelf for whenever I feel like browsing through some short pieces. The choices this week are actually a lot different from my usual choices during these Top Ten Tuesdays. Have to admit I’m pretty pleased.
Any of you share the same books as me? Different? Let us all know in the comments below!
EDIT: Yes, I’m the type of person who writes up a post four days in advance and then doesn’t post on time.
I’ve been looking forward to this one for ages! THANK YOU THE BROKE AND THE BOOKISH.
Beginnings and endings of books can be major factors in whether or not one will continue reading or evne like the book when it ends. Like a first and last impression – a first, because it’s your first time coming in contact with said book, and a last because once you finish it you’ll never be able to experience that “first read” again. From this point on it’ll only be rereads. There’s something so wonderful about a good ending. It can make the difference between an okay book and a really amazing one. They don’t have to be powerful. Sometimes even just a simple one can do the trick.
Some of these are even quotes I’ve memorized. I’ll mark those with an asterisk (*). For example, the first and last Potter sentences. I know the very first sentence in the series and the very last. Very proud of the fact.
July 30: Top Ten Favorite Beginnings/Endings In Books
- *But it wasn’t, and we weren’t: Mysterious Skin, Scott Heim. One of the most powerful sentences I’ve ever read, especially for a book ending. It’s on my list in my post about potential literary tattoo ideas. I remember finishing the book and just being… astounded at such a simple and honest ending for such a complicated novel.
- *Mr. and Mrs. Dursley, of number four. Privet Drive, were proud to say that they were perfectly normal, thank you very much: Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, JK Rowling. I just really like this one for some reason. It’s a very simple, very exact sentence that perfectly sums up the essence of the Durlseys and, in doing so, does a perfect job of explaining the very core of the difference between them and Harry, and why their lives don’t really work very well together.
- *All was well: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, JK Rowling. Again, Rowling does an amazing job of summarizing. It’s funny how the last sentence to an extremely long, twisted, messy tangled plot is just three short words. It sounds as if nothing ever happened. It’s the perfect way to end a close to ten year journey – and a generation. The childhood of so many people. Rowling is telling us how in the end, when everything was cleared up, they all kept on living and enjoying the world. People died, friendships were destroyed, hearts were broken – but in the end, it was okay.
- This book begins with a plane crash: Beauty Queens, Libba Bray. This is just the first sentence in a hilarious opening that appears before the first chapter. It’s so straightforward. I love it. Lemme give you the next few as well. We do not want you to worry about this. According to the US Department of Unnecessary Statistics, your chances of dying in a car crash are about one in half a million. Whereas your chances of losing your bathing suit bottoms to a strong tide are two to one. So, all in all, it’s safer to fly than to go to the beach.
- The best day of my life happened when I was five and almost died at Disney World: Going Bovine, Libba Bray. The lovely Bray yet again. Although really the best sentences are in the Acknowledgments that appear on the first page. I fell in love with her through those, even before the real story started. EVERY SINGLE REVIEW FOR THIS BOOK RECOMMENDS READING THEM. In them she thanks everyone she’s ever kissed or punched and anyone who has ever kissed or punched her. She thanks the guy who once validated her parking ticket and a homeless lady who said her hair looked like a dandelion with pieces blown away. Just… go read it. Even just that, without the book.
- There was a point to this story, but it has temporarily escaped the chronicler’s mind: So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish, Douglas Adams. If I remember correctly, this was definitely the weirdest book in the series. It seemed sort of out of place. It really didn’t have much of a point, so this sentence excused it from the “pointless books” section, and gave it a perfectly good reason for being redundant – it was just that. Pointless. Even Adams thought so. The book is a romance, and very different from the others. According to Wikipedia “Adams’ editor Sonny Mehta moved in with the author to ensure that the book met its (extended) deadline. As a result, Adams later stated that he was not entirely happy with the book, which includes several jarring authorial intrusions, which fellow author Neil Gaiman described as “patronising and unfair”. Makes sense. There was something I sort of didn’t like about it either. But this ending made me forgive him.
- The story so far: In the beginning the Universe was created. This had made a lot of people very angry and been widely regarded as a bad move: The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, Douglas Adams. Classic Adams. These are the kind of sentences that made me fall in love with him. Intelligent humor.
- That evening it was dark early, which was normal for the time of year. It was cold and windy, which was normal. It started to rain, which was particularly normal. A spacecraft landed, which was not: So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish, Douglas Adams. Same exact reason as the previous one. Adams’ writing style is just… fabulous. And it’s these quotes that showcase it in the best way possible.
- The afternoon my parents died, I was out shoplifting with Irene Klauson: The Miseducation of Cameron Post, Emily M. Danforth. No reason for this one. There’s something very alarming, yet also very calming in this one.
- The ending of The Fault in Our Stars, John Green. I’d like to meet the person who couldn’t have sworn this book was going to end midsenten
To quote The Doctor, “People assume that time is a strict progression of cause to effect, but actually … viewpoint — it’s more like a big ball of wibbly-wobbly… timey-wimey… stuff.” And so, I’m going to go back and do the TTT (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) I missed a while back.
Top Ten Favorite Book Covers Of Books I’ve Read
*some include reasons, the rest just… don’t
1. My Sister’s Keeper / Jodi Picoult – I have a mixture of movie cover, regular book cover version. Normally I would HATE IT BECAUSE DEAR LORD I HATE THAT FILM if you couldn’t tell from my last TTT post, but this one is just oddly hilarious. It has… illustrated images of the actors and their names. It’s just… weird. Look!
2. Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Box Set / Douglas Adams – I can’t find a proper picture of this. The books each have two half circles of something and you can lay them out next to eachother and they form all kinds of images. The spines each have a letter A-D-A-M-S. Here’s an image from the side.
Bookish Ink – Hypothetical Ideas for Theoretical Tattoos (Brought to You By a 16 Year Old With Underdeveloped Decision Making Skills and An Extreme Fear of Needles)
I’ve always found the concept of tattoos fascinating. The idea that someone can decide to just… print something on their skin, knowing it’s going to stay there forever and ever is astonishing.
Of course, having considered getting a tattoo at some point in time, I always wonder what I’d get. Even if I somehow managed to overcome my extreme phobia of needles, I am such a bad decision maker that I’d probably end up dying before I made up my mind. I have decided though that if I were ever to get a tattoo, or even a few, they would most likely be book related. After I discovered Sir Douglas Adams’s brilliant mind, that idea changed to “most likely be Douglas Adams related.”
Now that we’ve covered that little intro I think I can begin with the actual point of this post, instead of just rambling on forever. I used to think if I ever got a tattoo it would be a quote, but recently the idea of images has appealed to me as well. Thing is, seeing as I am an avid book-to-film hater, many famous book icons or symbols come from their films. Also, I would want to get a tattoo that isn’t the biggest cliché ever, one that I won’t find on every single living being were I to attend a convention of some sorts discussing said book. These two criteria make it sort of hard to think up of ideas, but thankfully I have a creative mind and lots of time – infinite amounts actually, since this whole idea is hypothetical – so I can spend forever wondering how on Earth (and surrounding planets) I’ll achieve this goal!
There are only a handful of books I’ve ever read that I can definitely define as “life changers,” whatever that means. In most cases I can’t even explain why or how – which is why I’ll avoid reviewing these books, they are too important to me for that. I just… know. That’s it really. I can feel them. I know that makes no sense at all. I feel like they have become a part of my thought, whether I’m aware of their influence or not. The books I put in this category are Mysterious Skin by Scott Heim, The Perks of Being a Wallflower by Stephen Chbosky and The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy Series by Douglas Adams. I am not so sure whether Harry Potter deserves a place in that category or a whole unique category of his own called “My Childhood.” As for my favorite quote, the one I think describes me most from all of the sentences I’ve ever read, that award goes to Jodi Picoult in House Rules where she writes “Frankly, I wonder who Frank was, and why he has an adverb all to himself. I think I’ll keep this post focused on these novels because I really can’t cover all of the books I love and my ideas will multiply over time.
And now, for the ideas!
Another week, another Tuesday, another Top Ten Tuesday post from The Broke and the Bookish.
This week’s topic is Top Ten Words/Topics That Instantly Make Me Buy/Pick Up A Book. I just read a few other entries for this topic and one blogger mentioned that many times they pick up a book because they think it’s about something they like but then they read the back, discover it’s not what they expected, and put it back. This happens to me a lot with books, so this list isn’t going to be very exact and I hope you’ll forgive me for that. Also, this will be including authors… many of them.
Oh and look at my coloring! I’ve included examples of titles for each topic underneath it.
*the photos included are photos of books I’ve read and books I want to read.
*I’ve put one photo for each topic but I’ve included more examples under each choice itself.
I’m so glad we get to revisit old topics! I discovered this meme (hosted by The Broke and the Bookish) only recently and going over the old topics I was so disappointed I’d missed all of these lovely ideas. Luckily, this day came around and I can go back and choose one!
I don’t exactly know how you’d define “childhood.” Is that elementary school? Early ages or the later ones? Also, how on EARTH am I supposed to choose JUST TEN? Ugh. I hate choosing… I sort of have a love-hate relationship with this meme.
*Baby-Sitters Club #1 represents entire series, Dealing with Dragons represents entire series, A Bad Beginning represents entire series
Ever since I finished My Sister’s Keeper years ago, I haven’t been able to find this story . I couldn’t find it on quote websites and I couldn’t exactly remember what it was either, except for the fact that it was absolutely stunning. As we all know, the best things come to us when we’re supposed to be asleep, and this case is no exception. I’ve just found the paragraph, after searching FOR YEARS. I’m so excited I just have to share it with you.
I’m new to the whole book-blogging thang, but apparently bloggers over at The Broke and the Bookish started this meme a while back, where every week they give a topic for Top Ten Tuesday and us book bloggers – old and new alike – post our own answers for said topic. I have actually only just begun blogging so really this isn’t all that hard. Then again, I have a hard time choosing favorites in any topic so really who knows because once I start uploading more reviews my standards will eventually change and adjust… but yeah, here you go folks!
*last two book photos – 1st English Version, 2nd Hebrew Verson